Love in the Afternoon : A Hathaway Novel Paperback
by Lisa Kleypas
Part of the Hathaways series
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom.
Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the free-spirited beauty has never been swept away or seriously courted and is resigned to never finding love.
Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend, the vivacious Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad.
But life on the battlefield has darkened his soul - and it's becoming clear that he won't return the same as when he left.
When Beatrix learns of Pru's disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru's letters to Christopher for her.
Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep and when Christopher comes home, he's determined to claim the woman he loves.
What began as Beatrix's innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love - and a passion that can't be denied.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/12/2010
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780749953096
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Review by wyvernfriend
While on the surface this is a light read there are also sparkling moments in it that show that sometimes romance novels can say a lot. This one features a hero who was in the thick of the fighting at Crimea and has come out of it very scarred and sometimes the slightest thing sets him off. He's afraid of this but holds on to the shining memory of letters he was sent by Prudence, letters that were actually written by Beatrix, letters that ended with the two of them falling in love with each other, but can they overcome what they said before, is this just a romance based on letters or an actual romance.I liked it, I liked how it didn't end with all sweetness and light, there was trauma there and it would continue, but he had a place to go to where he would be accepted and where he could rely on at least one person to accept him and his issues. It was all the good things in a romance without many of the bad things. Also he accepted that she was herself, and that was part of what attracted him to her, changing her wouldjn't make the relationship better, in fact it would probably make it worse. It was full of moments that were very heartwarming and I would recommend it as a read.